May 16, 2024

WONDERFL Community Development Blog: Calhoun County

Just two hours between the capital city of Tallahassee and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, is Calhoun County, Florida. In “CalCo” (as the locals would say), a visitor will find an array of excursions and shops to make a day out of, as well as bountiful land and water systems perfect for a beautiful, Florida day. With just 13,000 people and growing, this area of Florida provides a great place to visit or call home.

Throwing it back to the 1800s, the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement resides in Calhoun County. This settlement brings an educational yet interesting excursion to anyone who attends. From buildings dated back to as early as 1846, attendees can take a blast into the past and enjoy a day of old-fashioned living. From seeing how butter is made, to discovering just what it takes to live in the “olden days”, this is a great site to visit.

In Calhoun County, the great outdoors come in a range of experiences. One of the most popular attractions in Calhoun County is the Florida-famous, Green Way Trail. This trail is a little over 3 miles long and covers almost all of Blountstown, which is the largest city in the county. The trail is a part of the Florida Trail System and is known for biking, walking, and hosting the annual Blountstown Fire Department Catfish Crawl, along with other community events. Another popular excursion is the famous Chipola River. This is the perfect place to go tubing or have a nice day of fishing, kayaking, or canoeing. “The Chipola” connect to many waterways around the Panhandle and surrounding counties, so the possibilities are endless.

Throughout the year, Calhoun County will hold festivals at Blountstown’s Magnolia Square. From the Annual Wildflower Festival to the Christmas Parade, there is almost always something going on “downtown”. With a day full of fun in Calhoun County, a special souvenir to remember the trip, can be found in the local shops filled with unique and great gifts. From brand name items to local honey, the stores in Calhoun County have both locals and visitors in mind.

While “CalCo” might be a hidden gem, there are plenty of activities and eat throughout the year that anyone will find interest in. From the activities to the people, this area will bring a sense of home and happiness to all who come.